The District Council of Coober Pedy and the Coober Pedy Retail Business and Tourism Association are vehemently opposed to the new South Australian Government electricity tarriff increases and are doing everything possible to have the decision to increase tariffs reversed.
On the 18th February 2011, Council was notified that the electricity tariffs set by the State Government were to rise.
After digesting the new tariff structure and undertaking a comparison of some of our commercial consumers it became most apparent that commercial tariffs would rise up to 120%.
Unfortunately domestic electricity consumers will experience a tariff increase of around 20%.
I want to stress to the residents of Coober Pedy that Council does not set the tariffs for electricity.
The Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) through Energy Division sets the tariffs.
This tariff increase will mean that the cost of goods and services in the 13 remote off- grid communities, of which Coober Pedy is the largest, will skyrocket to the point where they will find themselves uncompetitive.
The effect on tourism will be disastrous and will result in job losses.
The town water desalination plant is one of the largest consumers of electricity in Coober Pedy.
To supply water to the town, the additional cost will be in the vicinity of $185,000. Council will have no option but to increase the cost of water to cover this additional expense.
Letters have been sent to Minister Michael O’Brien (Energy), Minister Jack Snelling (Treasurer), Premier Mike Rann and Lyn Breuer MP, Member for Giles, outlining our concerns and demonstrating the disastrous effects that these increases will have on our community.
We also need your help to let these politicians know your anger over these increases and the effects that they will have on your families.
Please call the following:
* Local Member Lyn Breuer Ph: 86457800 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Premier Mike Rann Ph: 82580480 email@example.com
* Minister for Energy Michael O’Brien Ph: 82877388 Napier@parliament.sa.gov.au
COMPLAIN NOW, YOU MUST BE HEARD!!
Steve Baines, Mayor